Africa Balloon Safaris Your Balloon Safari adventure starts early morning

Launching at dawn, rising as the sun rises; you gently float over the plains of the magnificent Africa {Tanzania,Kenya,Zambia,Botswana,South Africa & Namibia}.Your Balloon Safari adventure starts early morning when you depart your lodge or camp. It is still dark and you may be fortunate to see nocturnal animals on the way to the launch site. When you arrive, you will meet your pilot and witness your balloon being inflated and prepared for launch.

Ballooning takes place at sunrise, which means a pre-dawn wake up with steaming coffee and a chilly drive to the launch. The sense of excitement ripples through you as the great balloons slowly fill with hot air, rising up ponderously above their tethered baskets. Take-off is a noisy, bumpy affair, which adds to the thrill and enhances the sudden serenity when you reach cruising altitude. The noise of the heating flame punctuates the quiet along with the soft whistle of air currents and occasional ‘ooohs’ from your fellow adventurers. Wrap up warmly – it’s cold up there! The land below you is quiet in the peace of dawn as sunrise unfurls in bright colours on the eastern horizon. As the earth warms up, wildlife starts to move – the cool of early morning is the best time of day for game viewing, and a hot air balloon gives you an especially superb view of the plains. The balloon can fly relatively low over big herds (unlike helicopters and light aircraft), making this one of the best ways to see the full splendor of the Great Wildebeest Migration.


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Wildlife up close and personal...!

Animals will generally ignore you in a vehicle, they see you as another type of animal when you are on foot. Getting up close and personal with wildlife is definitely a rush of excitement. Walking is also a great way to appreciate the smaller wildlife, which can't be so easily seen from a vehicle.

Hot Air Balloon Safari in Kenya – The African Dawn

Want to make your Kenyan safari holiday even more unforgettable? Contact Moonlight Tours Expedition to find out more about our luxurious hot air balloon safaris in Kenya, over the Maasai Mara. There is nothing quite like it. The absolute peace of immense vistas, muted colours and crisp fresh air… and the ever present promise of something wild…. as the balloons float you silently above it all “like a dream come true”. The hot air balloon safari tours in Kenya lift off at dawn (06:15) after coffee and a flight briefing. The one hour flight will give you a bird’s eye view of the best East Africa has to offer in the magnificent setting of the Great Rift Valley. After you land, a champagne breakfast in the bush adds to the buzz you will get from the early morning air and the sights and sounds that only an eagle ever sees. Early morning is the ideal time to see wild animals on the plains, and in the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya it is an experience you will never forget.

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Hot Air Balloon Safari in Tanzania

Balloon safaris in Tanzania are a romantic and evocative way of experiencing the wilderness of East Africa, as you gracefully and silently fly over the plains teeming with herds of wild life in the early morning. Typically, a ballon safari begins between 6 am and lasts for around 1-2 hours, during which you will likely see the magnificent wildlife below over several square kilometres of the game park. Ballon safaris are held regularly only in the Serengeti and take off from designated sites (in the Seronera area) where the disturbance to animals is kept to a minimum. Your safari vehicle drops you off at the take off site and picks you up from your landing site. The safari is followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush, a fitting end to your memorable flight in the wild.Maximum in a balloonBalloon safaris in Tanzania are a romantic and evocative way of experiencing the wilderness of East Africa, as you gracefully and silently fly over the plains teeming with herds of wild life in the early morning. Typically, a ballon safari begins between 6 am and lasts for around 1-2 hours, during which you will likely see the magnificent wildlife below over several square kilometres of the game park. Ballon safaris are held regularly only in the Serengeti and take off from designated sites (in the Seronera area) where the disturbance to animals is kept to a minimum. Your safari vehicle drops you off at the take off site and picks you up from your landing site. The safari is followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush, a fitting end to your memorable flight in the wild.Maximum in a balloon

A little further south, balloon safaris are now offered in Tarangire National Park a little further to the south.

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Hot Air Balloon Safari in Zambia

The Kafue is simply made for hot air balloon adventures. The vast, open Busanga Plains, with its teeming wildlife and picturesque patchwork of lagoons, tree islands and floodplains, looks absolutely stunning from above. The slower pace of a balloon flight makes this arguably even more enticing than a helicopter flight over the Kafue, with less noise to disturb the animals. The big game that characterises the park, from sweeping herds of buffalo to playful hippo pods, lone elephants and majestic lion prides, can all be spotted and followed from above. Perhaps best of all is the sheer peace and isolation of this huge national park, which can again perhaps best be appreciated from an elevated vantage point and at a languid pace. It is probably this that gives ballooning in the Kafue the edge over even more renowned hot air balloon safaris in the Masai Mara and Serengeti. The experience lasts roughly 30-45 minutes, and is guaranteed to be one of the major highlights of your Zambian safari.

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Hot Air Balloon Safari in Namibia

At sunrise, in the world’s oldest desert, witness a spectacular hot air balloon inflation, and set out on the flight of a lifetime. .. From the best platform, in the most romantic way, soar with the winds for an hour, over the oceans of sand and mountains, endless vistas of shadows and lights. Your destination? The Sossusvlei dunes or the splendour of the desert. At landing, you come back to earth with an “Out Of Africa” style Champagne breakfast set up in the middle of nowhere. Your pilot will present you with a flight certificate before you take a leisurely nature drive back to the pick-up point. It is an experience like no other, the experience of a lifetime.

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Hot Air Balloon Safari in South Africa

Slowly drifting away from the surface of the earth in the cool pre-dawn of early morning, safe in the basket of a hot air balloon, is one of the most fun things you can do before breakfast. So it’s a bit tough if you’re not a morning person, as almost all hot air balloon rides are conducted disgustingly early. But you don’t have to face the skies on a totally empty stomach. You’ll be offered tea or coffee and biscuits or muffins while you watch the crew inflating the balloon – which is almost as much fun as flying in it.

A hot air balloon is a pretty weird piece of technology and, while flying in one is huge fun, it’s a totally impractical form of transport. It’s just a big bag of hot air that – well, like your science teacher told you in Grade 9 – rises. And you can’t steer the balloon; it just goes whichever way the wind blows, so the pilot tries to guess the wind direction at different altitudes and moves up or down to go left or right. Yes, it’s kind of odd. But forget about the technicalities. The important things to remember is that you will have an immense adventure trip and see some awesome scenery.

Depending on where you are, you may even see some game, which is pretty cool. Wild animals pay no attention to hot air balloons as they don’t really think about what happens in the sky. With hot air ballooning taking place over the Sabie River Valley in Mpumalanga, the Tala Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, over the Kalahari Desert and Namaqualand in the Northern Cape, and over the Lowveld Big Game areas and parts of the Kruger National Park in the Limpopo Province, as well as Pilansberg hot air ballooning, you will have ample opportunities to spot wildlife from a different point of view. Gauteng hot air ballooning over the Cradle Private Game Reserve, as well as the afore mentioned areas, will reveal to you the Big Five of lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino, to numerous species of buck; as well as giraffe, zebra, hippo, crocodile and a variety of birdlife. Your game viewing opportunities from the sky are endless.

Magaliesberg hot air ballooning takes you over the Magaliesberg Mountains in the North-West Province; a magnificent sight to behold as the rising sun casts an orange glow over the mountain ledges, slopes and hills. Breathtaking panoramic vistas are revealed as the hot air balloon slowly ascends into the sky. Oudtshoorn, located along the Garden Route and just a few hours’ outside of Cape Town, features equally spectacular mountain surrounds. As you rise over 1000ft into the air you will have a spectacular view of the Little Karoo area. The Swartberg Mountains are also magnificent when viewed from above, especially when the sun starts to peek over the top.

For the ultimate Cape excursion, Cape Town hot air ballooning over the Berg River Valley is a breathtaking and memorable experience. From your lofty height you can enjoy panoramic views of the many vineyards and wine farms located in this region. And while you’re up there you can sip on some good Cape bubbly (or orange juice if you prefer) and work up an appetite for the huge slap-up breakfast that’s being prepared for you as you float aimlessly around the sky. If you are planning a romantic occasion or simply want a breathtaking adventure activity that will allow you to lose your head in the clouds, hot air ballooning is one of the most popular activities you may enjoy.

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Hot Air Balloon Safari in Botswana

The hot air ballooning safari season has kicked off at Vumbura Plains and Little Vumbura camps in Botswana's Okavango Delta. From April 1 until October 14, 2018, guests who visit these areas will be able to experience Wilderness Safaris' hot air balloon safari, which offers a bird's-eye view of the 148,263-acre Vumbura Concession.

A maximum of eight guests can enjoy a hot air balloon safari at any one time, ensuring a personalized journey. After approximately 45 minutes in the air, guests will be met with a celebratory glass of champagne upon landing, before returning to camp for brunch. Guests can make the excursion a full “air safari” by taking a scenic helicopter flight to or from the balloon launch site (or both). This offers more of an opportunity to explore the Delta in search of wetland species.

The balloon safari and helicopter flights add to the list of activities on offer at Vumbura, including mekoro (dug-out canoes), boating, game drives and nature walks led by Wilderness Safaris guides. The Vumbura Concession comprises a varied mix of mopane, acacia woodland, floodplains and permanent swamp. Key mammal species include herds of elephant and buffalo, sable, zebra and wildebeest. Cheetah, spotted hyaena, lion, leopard and wild dog can also be seen.

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